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5.2: Distribution and Solubility of Gases in Seawater

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    The solubility of gases in seawater is a temperature dependent relationship, solubility is highest in cold water, and lowest in warm water. Henry's Law explains the relationship between the partial pressure of a gas and the solubility of the gas in water in this equation: 

    \[[C] = k P_{gas} \]

    where

    • \([C]\) is the solubility of the gas 
    • \(k\) is Henry's Law Constant
    • \(P_{gas}\) is the partial pressure of the gas